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In today’s news: Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts dies aged 83, and Simon Rattle offers his top advice to young conductors. Audio streaming becomes more and more important, Germany financially supports 31 orchestras, and soprano Brenda Lewis has died.

Classic FM

‘Conducting is hard – it doesn’t get easier’

Simon Rattle starts his new role as Music Director at the London Symphony Orchestra this month. So as he packs his pencil case for his first season in charge, we spoke to him about getting over nerves, the best piece of advice he’s ever been given and why the future is bright for classical music.

The Times

Jeremy Dale Roberts: Distinguished composer considered to be the master of miniature compositions

Cannibalism may not be the first word that comes to mind when talking about a classical composer, but it was how Jeremy Dale Roberts described the creative process when writing for gifted musicians in his circle. “[I] draw upon their temperament and behaviour in the narrative of the music: to absorb their presence,” he told a contemporary music website. “A rare form of cannibalism, maybe.”

The New York Times

High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

As a boy soprano in the youth opera company that his parents ran in their small town, the Dutch composer Michel van der Aaonce accompanied his father to the clockmaker who was painting a set for them. What he saw, he recalled recently, was revelatory.

Good House Keeping

Target Has Never Played Background Music, Until Now

While the company has avoided it for decades—believing it to be a distraction—they’re introducing a soundtrack of more than 1,500 songs from the likes of Taylor Swift to Stevie Wonder to keep you in stores longer and hopefully revive their flagging sales in the process.

Limelight

Australian guitarist placed third in prestigious ARD Competition

Andrey Lebedev also took the prize for his performance of the commissioned work at Germany’s top music contest.

Pizzicato

Marin Alsop wins 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced.

NMZ

IFPI stellt neuen Music Consumer Insight Report vor: Audio-Streaming für Musikkonsum weltweit immer wichtiger

Urheberrechtsverletzungen bleiben für die Musikindustrie weltweit eine zentrale Herausforderung: 40 Prozent der Konsumenten hören Musik über nicht-lizenzierte Angebote.

Kultur Radio

Bund fördert Orchester in Konstanz, Bochum und Jena

31 Projekte öffentlicher Orchester erhalten über das Programm “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” insgesamt rund elf Millionen Euro Bundesförderung.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Branda Lewis gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Brenda Lewis ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 96 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in Westport (Connecticut).

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Classical Music News   A new direction – and a call for guest posts

Music History   in 1920 Birth of Karen

Classical Music News   Meet the Artist……Jason Rebello, pianist

Image: Jeremy Dale Roberts

(Written on September 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86, Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival, and thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall. Expert Guide to Classical Concerts in NYC 2017 Fall Season, how mice singing determines their social behaviour, and Saxonia Art Minister is called to be in the Richard-Wagner-Foundation. 

The Guardian

Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86

Tributes paid to legendary director and ‘great impresario of the age’ following his death in London

Opera Now

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from public performance.

Music Teacher

NYO announces CPD days

Music education hubs, music services, schools and music education professionals are invited to CPD days run by the National Youth Orchestra.

Classical Music Magazine

Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role. He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple watch

That means people can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just like they can from their smartphone.

Classic FM

Thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall

A young musician and Syrian refugee will be playing one of the world’s finest instruments, thanks to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and a Facebook post.

WQXR

Here’s Your Expert Guide to Classical Concerts, 2017 Fall Season

Excitement is building in New York City as major concert halls and music venues prepare to launch their fall seasons.

Codex flores

Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Mäuse haben ein Tonrepertoire über fünf Oktaven. Die Analyse der Mäuselieder kann wichtige Informationen über ihr Sozialverhalten oder für die Erforschung neuropsychischer Krankheiten liefern. 

Klassik.com

Dirigent Siegfried Köhler gestorben

Der Dirigent Siegfried Köhler ist tot. Er starb nach Angaben der Allgemeinen Zeitung im Alter von 94 Jahren in Wiesbaden.

Musik Heute

Sachsens Kunstministerin in Wagner-Stiftung berufen

Die Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung hat Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) zum 1. September in den Stiftungsrat berufen.

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Sir Peter Hall
Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on September 13, 2017 )

We are always thrilled when artists return to us to promote their exciting new projects. This is the case with Dmitry Masleev, one of the most promising, rising piano talents of our time. This is our third collaboration and this time Dmitry not only has concerts and debuts around the world, but will also release his highly anticipated debut album on the legendary label Melodiya.

After winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, he went on to fascinate audiences all over the world, playing at the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Paris Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall, amongst many others. He has been joined on stage by orchestras such as the Orchestra of Radio France, Munich Symphony and Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, also seeking artistic friendship with, Boris Berezovsky and Gidon Kremer.

In the past two years of successful concerts, Dmitry has enjoyed performing in front of a live audience, which has not only given him invaluable experience but has also allowed him to speak and engage with concertgoers directly. It quickly became clear that they highly anticipated a debut recording so, gladly responding to the audience’s demand, Dmitry is now announcing the release of his debut album under the Russian label Melodiya this October. WildKat PR will be supporting Dmitry for this release.

This debut album titled, in pure simplicity, “Piano” will include a selection of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, alongside Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major. Even though Dmitry stated in an interview that Russian music was very appealing to him because of the freedom he feels while playing it, it is no coincidence that the Italian Baroque composer Scarlatti can be found on his album. Scarlatti had an important impact on the development of Classicism, which largely shaped the way Shostakovich and Prokofiev composed.

The release of ‘Piano” will coincide with Dmitry’s debuts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and St. Johns Smith Square in London, as part of the Blüthner Piano Series. He will be touring in the US, playing at the Schloss Elma and with the Bamberger Symphoniker at the end of the year. Stay tuned for more details as it will be – yet again – an exciting year for Dmitry!

Dmitry Masleev © Alikhan

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(Written on September 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Guardian view on musical education, new Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors, and Schubert Ensemble reveals final season. Flashmob plays Marquez, a new study reveals the correlation between Education, wealth and the desire to learn an instrument, and the music competition of German broadcaster ARD has ended this year with eight second prizes and just one first prize.

The Guardian

The Guardian view on musical education: it needs social harmony

Birmingham’s renaissance sees a new conservatoire. That is good news. But we need policies to ensure music is not dominated by a wealthy elite

The Telegraph

British conductor sacked by US music festival after ‘innocent’ joke with his African-American friend was labelled racist

An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.

Music Teacher

New Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors

It is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987, and the conservatoire’s principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, has predicted it will be the ‘last-ever’ performing arts institution of its kind to be built in this country.

Classical Music Magazine

Schubert Ensemble reveals final season

The Schubert Ensemble will give around 50 concerts in the UK and abroad before returning to its London home for a farewell concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018.

The Strad

Violin expertise and how to acquire it: Jacques Francais on the pitfalls of instrument identification

Legendary Manhattan-based French dealer, who died in 2004, with some words of wisdom first published in The Strad November 1988 issue. Interview by Stewart Pollens

WQXR

A Flash Mob Descended Upon A Mall to Play Marquez’s ‘Danzon No. 2’

We love our flash mobs. And who wouldn’t? Good things are great, but unexpected good things are even better.

Codex Flores

Bildung und Einkommen beeinflussen Musikaktivitäten

Laut einer aktuellen Studie der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung entscheiden Bildungsstatus und Einkommen der Eltern darüber, ob ein Jugendlicher Musik macht.

 Musik Heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb vergibt acht zweite Preise

Beim Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurde diesmal nur ein erster Preis verliehen. Daneben gab es acht zweite Preise, davon drei am Schlusstag im Fach Oboe, und drei dritte Preise.

 Pizzicato

‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ kündigt 2. Ausgabe an

Eine zweite Ausgabe der ‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ findet vom 8. August bis 1. September 2018 in Shanghai statt.

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New Birmingham Conservatoire opens

(Written on September 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House to reintroduce Proms concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra to release its second piece of Virtual Reality content, and Facebook offers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to labels and publishers for global licenses. ConBrio publishes book “Judaism in Opera”, festival Donaueschinger Musiktage to present new concert concepts, and Speranza Scappucci becomes new chief conductor of Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

Opera Now

ROH to reintroduce Proms concerts

The Royal Opera House is to offer £10 tickets for those prepared to sit on the floor.

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia marks 40th anniversary of Voyager 1 launch with VR release

The Philharmonia Orchestra is to release its second piece of Virtual Reality content to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and the Golden Records that each carried.

Choir and Organ

Results of ISM-RCO organists’ fees survey revealed

The results of the ISM-RCO survey of organists’ fees show considerable variation between rates paid in London and those paid in the rest of the UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook offers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to labels and publishers for global licenses

Facebook is offering record labels and publishers a quick fix advance which would allow its 2bn-plus users to start legally using music in their videos.

Pizzicato

Will the Bolshoi stage Serebrennikov’s Nureyev ballet in 2017?
The Moscow audience will be able to see Kirill Serebrennikov’s Nureyev production in 2017, Russian agency RIA says. Bolshoi’s General Manager Vladimir Urin had cancelled the premiere of the piece, explaining that the production was not ready.

NMZ

Jüdischer Blick auf die Oper
Im Rahmen einer Veranstaltung im Teesalon der Wiener Staatsoper ist das kürzlich im ConBrio Verlag erschienene Buch „Judaism in Opera /Judentum in der Oper“ vorgestellt worden.

KlassikInfo

Festival reagiert auf Wandel der Öffentlichkeit mit neuen Angeboten
Applaus, Stillsitzen, konzentriertes Hören, Applaus – so laufen noch heute die meisten Konzerte ab. Doch wenn sich Gesellschaft und Öffentlichkeit verändern, muss sich dann nicht auch das klassische Konzert wandeln?

Codex Flores

Die Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège hat eine Chefdirigentin
Die Italienerin Speranza Scappucci, die in dieser Saison im Dezember am Opernhaus Zürich Donizettis «La Fille du Régiment» leitet, tritt die Nachfolge von Paolo Arrivabeni als neue Chefdirigentin der Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège an.

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ARD competition @ARD_competiton

Congrats to Wataru Hisasue, Fabian Müller und JeungBeum Sohn! They will play again on friday!

Ensemble “Kaleidoskop”, ©SWR/Adam Berry

 

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(Written on September 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: NYMAZ to extend digital music education project, YouTube ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after RIAA battle, and does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter? Kirill Serebrennikow still under house arrest, Deutsche Oper Berlin begins new season with 140,000 guests, and more music at schools in France.

Classical Music Magazine

Basca announces 2017 Gold Badge recipients

Basca (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) has announced the recipients of the 2017 Gold Badge Awards.

Music Teacher

NYMAZ to extend digital music education project

NYMAZ has received £273,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund to extend its digital music education project Connect: Resound over the next four years.

The Strad

ARD Competition announces violin finalists

Launched in 1952, the competition focuses each year on different instrumental categories, selected from 21 disciplines. The 66th ARD International Music Competition 2017 offered four categories: violin, piano, guitar, and oboe.

Music Business Worldwide

YouTube ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after RIAA battle

Good news for rights-holders: the world’s most popular online tool for ‘stream ripping’ audio from YouTube is shutting down following a legal battle with US recorded music body the RIAA.

Classic FM

Does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter?

Studies suggest that playing music to your unborn child can improve its hearing, spatial reasoning skills and even general intelligence. But is there any truth in the ‘Mozart effect’?

Limelight

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 2018

With guests from Italy, France and Cuba, Paul Dyer’s 2018 season tells wide-ranging stories of musical journeys.

Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper installierte 2.000 Tabletdisplays

Zum Saisonbeginn hat die Wiener Staatsoper ein neues Untertitel- und Informationssystem in Betrieb genommen. Zwei Millionen Euro wurden investiert.

Klassik.com

Moskauer Gericht lehnt Einspruch des russischen Regisseurs Serebrennikow ab

Der russische Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow bleibt weiter unter Hausarrest. Ein Moskauer Gericht lehnte den Einspruch der Verteidigung Serebrennikows sowie deren Forderung, den Hausarrest aufzuheben, ab.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin: 14.000 Gäste bei Saison-Eröffnung

Das diesjährige Saison-Eröffnungsfest der Deutschen Oper Berlin hat rund 14.000 Besucher jeden Alters angezogen.

France Musique

Rentrée en musique : un espoir pour l’avenir des musiciens intervenants en milieu scolaire

Cette année, la rentrée se fera en musique, selon le souhait du ministre de l’Éducation nationale Jean-Michel Blanquer, avec aux premières loges, les enseignants de musique en milieu scolaire, qui espèrent y voir un engagement en faveur de l’éducation musicale à l’école. 

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Classic FM: Does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter?

(Written on September 5, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to welcome Inclusive Creativity! The project, based in Northern Ireland, was devised by composer Frank Lyons of Ulster University. It aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing innovative instrumental technology and methodologies that allow for side-by-side performance with professional musicians.

In 2015, three partner organisations (Walled City Music, Drake Music and St. Magnus International Festival) received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a pilot participatory project using ‘inclusive creativity’ as its driving principle. The project brought together musicians and composers to research participant-led routes into collaborative music making. Under the direction of professor Lyons, an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled artists met regularly to improvise and compose music together in Derry/Lononderry. They used assistive music technology (AMT) as well as more conventional musical instruments. This ensemble became Acoustronic.

A performance featuring Acoustronic and partner ensemble the Benyounes Quartet will perform Lyons’s specially-commissioned work ‘NonZeroSum’ and George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’ at Rich Mix on 5th September.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, said: “Inclusive Creativity is an incredibly inspiring project that provides essential opportunities for disabled musicians. Especially with disability often being left out of diversity conversations in the classical industry and beyond, it’s vital that projects like this are championed across the sector and WildKat are delighted to support this pioneering and forward-thinking collaboration.”

The concerts in London and Dublin are kindly supported by PRS for Music’s ‘Breaking Borders’, CGF’s ‘Sharing the Stage’ and the British Council

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, and Account Managers, they will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

 

Key duties

As a Junior Account Manager:

-To support the Director of the London Office with her administrative needs

-To assist the Account Managers in securing opportunities for clients and helping them to achieve their PR goals. This includes: researching publications and opportunities for coverage, organising client events, assisting with client reports and feedback

-To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

-To write copy in relation to client needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

-To learn quickly and efficiently how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns in order to take on your own clients and manage their PR goals effectively. This will include liaising with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

-To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

-To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

-To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company.

-To be willing to take on additional responsibilities and grow into a more senior role within the company

 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

-Small, open plan office

-Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly

-Gain wider industry experience, not just PR

-Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas

-Personalised creative skills training and coaching

-Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects

-Opportunities for travel

-Sociable atmosphere

-Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

 

Person Specification

Essential

-Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

-A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice

-Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

-Proven administrative and organisational skills

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

-Ability to work as part of a team

-High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

-A strong interest in online media

-Self-motivated

-Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

-Education to degree level

-Fluency in another language

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 15th September 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

 

(Written on August 30, 2017 )

In today’s news: Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats, Tido launches educational piano, and travellers to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Airport. Staatsoper in Vienna to begin new season, Salzburger Festspiele had more than 260,000 visitors, and 40 years of the official German charts.

The Guardian

Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats?

The 1997 film score is the bestselling classical album of the past 25 years – but not the best. We suggest further listening for those taken with James Horner’s ersatz work

Classical Music Magazine

Travellers to conduct RSNO in Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is offering ten travellers the chance to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

International Piano

Tido launches Educational Piano

Tido has added an Educational Piano collection to its iPad app. The collection features a range of music, from compositions created to help pianists to build on their technique to fun pieces which students will enjoy playing.

Choir and Organ

Programme announced for 2017 NEMA Conference

The National Early Music Association’s 2017 conference will take place in Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge on 2 September.

The Violin Channel

VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb Awarded Prestigious New York City Carnegie Hall Debut

17 year old VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 2nd Manhattan International Music Competition, in New York

Pizzicato

Russian violinist Dmitry Kogan dies, aged 38
The agency TASS has made public the death of the Russian violinist Dmitry P. Kogan who died in Moscow at the age of 38.

Limelight Magazine

Blind and deaf dog learns to play the piano

Roll over Beethoven! Two-year old Australian shepherd Braille is making waves on the Internet.

Klassik heute

Wiener Staatsoper startet mit “Il trovatore” in die neue Spielzeit

Mit dem beliebten Tag der offenen Tür startet die Wiener Staatsoper am Sonntag, 3. September 2017 in die Spielzeit 2017/2018.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Festspiele mit mehr als 260.000 Besuchern
Die Salzburger Festspiele haben kurz vor Ende bereits eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festivalausgabe gezogen

Neue Musik Zeitung
40 Jahre Offizielle Deutsche Charts: Eine Musikinstanz feiert Jubiläum

Alle kennen sie, viele wollen rein und nur die besten erobern sie: Die Offiziellen Deutschen Charts zeigen Woche für Woche, welche Musik in Deutschland am beliebtesten ist.

Tido launches Educational Piano

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(Written on August 30, 2017 )

Over the past few weeks there has been uproar within the classical music world after the National Musicians Church, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn, announced it would no longer be taking bookings of a non-religious nature from 2018.

The Church is where Sir Henry Wood, founder of the BBC Proms, is buried. It is also the home to a book of remembrance for musicians and windows commemorating singer Dame Nellie Melba and composer John Ireland. It has been known as the National Musicians Church for more than 70 years and is a prominent concert venue and rehearsal space that has been used by all types of musicians. Assurance had to be provided in 2013, after the appointment of Reverend David Ingall to the church, as many musicians were worried that the new priest would change the ethos of St Sepulchre as it was known. The recent move has therefore proven the need for this worry and has sparked a coming together of influential musicians to try and prevent the ban.

Since the new appointment of Reverend Ingall, the church has become part of the network founded by evangelical church Holy Trinity Brompton. The ‘evangelical group is known for its youth friendly rock-band style of worship’ and hosts the ever popular Alpha courses.  Reverend Ingall has stated in response to the reaction to the new ban; “Our ministry as the National Musicians’ Church continues to be a core part of our church’s identity and vision… While its expression may be changing, that underlying vision remains unchanged.” This, however, hasn’t settled the minds of leading musicians who believe that the “abrupt move was made without consent.”

In response to the ban on secular bookings, Richard Robbins started a petition to try and reverse the decision. He stated that “the church was particularly valued by musicians because of its heritage and for practical reasons.” He is helping to form a committee to “put forward a positive vision of what the Musicians Church actually is and to try and find a way that both music and ministry can co-exist together in a very open way.”

Photo credit: Making Music

This has consequently led to more than 50 musicians, including top composers, performers, and directors of music at cathedrals, to write a letter to The Guardian protesting against St. Sepulchre’s plans to ban non-sacred concerts. In the letter they state; “the unique ‘mission’ for St. Sepulchre’s has been to musicians, providing a welcoming space and encouraging them to be involved in running the parish. That its custodies are now willing to abandon this unique national cultural remit is difficult to understand and harder to accept.” Among those who signed the letter were Sir James MacMillan, John Rutter, Suzi Digby, Julian Lloyd Webber and Judith Weir.

Reverend Ingall has stated that “in the coming weeks we will reflect and pray, and consult with members of the musicians’ community about how best to fulfil that ministry moving forward.” The final outcome has not been announced yet, but we can hope that the hard work of Richard Robbins to start the petition and the influential musicians pays off.

Update: Over 7,000 people have signed the petition. Read all updates here.

(Written on August 29, 2017 )